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Old June 6th, 2017, 11:08
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Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Haha grinding/prepping metal in flip flops. Your wife already meets 90% criteria to be accepted by the faboholics!


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Old June 6th, 2017, 17:50
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

I should probably remind folks that the circumstances of this hook-up are far from ideal. Most notably I am still unemployed so it ain't all roses.

It also took an metric ton of work in blazing heat to make happen. If I came home with 5k lbs of metal I probably moved 15k lbs in sorting in that parking lot.

To my way of thinking this is more of a silver lining in a stormy sky kinda story.
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Old June 7th, 2017, 05:10
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Great work!! I'm amazed at the ability of others (and myself sometimes) !! Suks about the job front! Hang in there... a man of your talent and ingenuity will surely find another job/opportunity if you apply yourself on that front like you do on your fabrication and Jeep work.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 21:49
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Started a new job so finally started spending some money again.

Daddy got a new pair of shoes. 33x12.5r15s




And immediately took the family camping...




Was kinda stoked that in the first 12 hours of driving on these more than half of that was on dirt. Woke up to a beautiful morning in Jawbone Canyone a bit above Mojave. The jeep was clean for about 5 seconds.




Then it wasn't.




I can't tell you how stoked I am that my girls love jeeps and dirt. Really makes my heart warm.




Some beautiful canyons and what not...




Worked our way across the hills with a few buddies on motorcycles. Killer views...




And the object of our search. "Burro" Schmidt's tunnel. One man cut 2600 feet through solid granite bedrock. Took 38 years but pretty wild. That tiny light was the end of the tunnel. Pic about halfway in.




Wicked sunset on the way out too. XJ in it's natural habitat.




We were out there all weekend and even managed to borrow a few toys. Riding a quad with my daughters.




Good times had by all. Where else in SoCal do I need to go exploring? Vacation is lacking so I'm limited by about as far as I can get from Orange County on a Friday evening.

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Old October 12th, 2017, 04:54
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

looks like a good time
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Old October 14th, 2017, 00:05
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Thanks, as an added bonus of the tire swap I think my 15s would work with the WJ brakes I have on the shelf... Keep debating that one.

Bonus shot of the on trail sunset from last weekend. So pretty.

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Old October 15th, 2017, 17:46
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Jeep fleet in the future?

What was the reason for making the tunnel? Bored? Looks pretty cool tho!
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Old October 23rd, 2017, 23:19
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Jeep fleet in the future?

What was the reason for making the tunnel? Bored? Looks pretty cool tho!
No one knows for sure. That's part of the mystery of it. Supposedly the gnarliest one mine mining operation ever conducted...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burro_Schmidt_Tunnel
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Old January 26th, 2018, 19:02
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Been wheeling a bit while SoCal's weather is so perfect. I figured if the rest of the world is freezing their bits off I should enjoy it a bit.

Quick jaunt with the "SoCal Trail Buds" had one dude with a decent camera and ended up with some of the best pictures I've ever had of my rig. The one in the trees made the cover page of the Trail Buds facebook page!








There's a heavy Toyota contingency in the Trail Buds, but I represented for Jeep pretty well. Working a hard line option that no one else took... The rock vs. rocker potential was high.








Hope you're having a brilliant New Year and if it's cold where you're at, I hope the snow wheeling is rad.

-Joel

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Old January 28th, 2018, 17:44
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Lots of great tech in this thread, thanks for posting. I just read your post on brake proportioning and have a much better understanding now.
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Old January 31st, 2018, 10:05
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Maybe i missed it, but what happened to the Dana 44 and 9" swap?
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Old May 1st, 2018, 00:05
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Maybe i missed it, but what happened to the Dana 44 and 9" swap?
Whoops. Sorry I missed this. I sold 'em both and decided to keep it a little more basic on the build. I'm building this instead.



More here if you want to check it out.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyot...se-40-41s.html

Good news is that I have been wheeling a bit... Random shots from Cougar Buttes.









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Old May 1st, 2018, 00:25
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Had a slog to make get mid skid, front frame stiffeners, coil bumps all installed in time for SoCalFest. All worth it for the adventure with my daughters though. I'll do a proper write up at some point but I did find a few things to tweak, especially on the coil bumps...





A few of my favorite pics from SoCalFest follow but there are a bunch more here: https://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1148062











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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Hey, Joel. Met you at SoCal Fest. Noticed your cargo area storage cabinetry and commented to someone on how good it looks. He pointed out the aluminum gas tank skid. So I got curious and started reading this thread from the start. You've done some great work on the XJ, and I really dig the look of that FJ40! So now, dagnabbit, I'm going to have to go and read that thread.

Did you ever get your mid skid reinstalled?
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Old May 15th, 2018, 12:50
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Re: Joel's multipurpose XJ build (rocks/boulevard)

Hey Nimrod. It's Al, right? Nice meeting you too. Yes the mid skid's back on. I had it at SoCal Fest but it's pretty far under so harder to see the bling. I think JohnX got a couple good looks after I hung it up on the Doran waterfall climb. 33's do me right most of the time, but every now and then... The skid does give up another inch and some for break-over angles.

I have a couple write ups of the prep work I did for SCF almost done. Came away with ball joints knocking pretty good, but no real damage so pleased about that. All my other projects seems to be conspiring to keep me from the FJ, but it's still the one I'm most stoked on. I took the gas tank skid concepts here into a full custom fuel tank on that one and should be posting about that soon.

Should I occasionally post FJ40 stuff here? This forum influenced a great deal of the strategies I've now been taking into other builds.
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